When Frank and Jeanette Tucker opened Marshallville Packing Company in 1960, they had no idea of the success the business would achieve. Before purchasing the existing facility in Marshallville, Frank learned the industry inside and out working with larger meat processors and slaughterhouses. After 13 years, Frank put everything he had on the line to open his own business. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family, mastering his craft and creating recipes that would be handed down for generations; recipes and processes that are still used today.
From the very beginning, Frank has made all of the sausage in house.
Marshallville Packing Company has always been a family affair. When the Tuckers started the business, Jeannette was a nurse at the local hospital. She worked full time while taking care of the children. She believed in her husband and ultimately gave up her career to support their dream. This set the tone for the family and that same spirit has carried through each new generation. Longtime employee Verna explains, “I have never seen a better family dynamic. The amount of respect and care among the generations is like no other. It starts at the top and transitions to the employees and to the customers. Jeanette was always so proud of her family, and I know she’d be proud of where this business is today.”
The Tucker Family in 1972: Frank & Jeanette Tucker, son John & his wife Cheryl, grandsons John P & Jim.
Frank and Jeanette’s sons John and Terry grew up learning work ethic and the secrets of the trade from their parents. The business shaped their childhoods and, apart from attending college and serving in the military, they never left. As Frank was looking to retire, John and Terry stepped up and ran the business while keeping with tradition and raising the next generation of Tuckers. Like his father before him, Jim grew up in the business, “some of my earliest memories are here. I remember sweeping floors, bagging groceries, and watching Dad, Uncle Terry, and Grandpa work.” Jim went to school before returning to Marshallville in the mid 90s. He started in the slaughterhouse in Orrville (Tucker Packing) but transitioned back to the Marshallville facility when Tucker Packing was sold.
When Jim took over, traditions remained the same. Marshallville Packing Company welcomes custom ordering and do everything within their power to deliver quality meats, regardless of the season or situation. Jim explains the impact that COVID-19 had on the industry, “when the pandemic started, people all around the country panicked and there was a run on meat and groceries. We were working around the clock and still struggled to keep meat in the cases and meet the demand. The pandemic re-shaped the way our community shops for groceries. Now, more than ever before, we want to know what’s in our food and where it comes from. We partner with local farms to ensure we provide the absolute best product.” In addition to the over 40 meat varieties Marshallville Packing Company offers, the storefront also has a wide selection of grocery items, canned goods, Amish selections, spices, fresh bakery items, frozen foods, and more.
Painting the iconic cow on top of Marshallville Packing Company has been a right of passage for all Tuckers.
Marshallville Packing Company celebrated their 60 year anniversary in the midst of a global pandemic. The celebration event was pushed aside to keep employees and customers safe. On October 16th, Marshallville Packing Company will finally celebrate safely with a 60th (61st) anniversary celebration to thank the community for their unwavering support. The event will feature a variety of vendors, specials, giveaways, promotions, and more!
“Some of my earliest memories are here. I remember sweeping floors, bagging groceries, painting the cow, and watching Dad, Uncle Terry, and Grandpa work.”
Looking forward, Jim plans to continue to offer the best service and the highest quality meat to his customers as the fourth generation of Tuckers start in the business. He explains, “This business is run on faith, family, and integrity. We want to continue to give back in appreciation for all that God has given us and serve our customers to the very best of our abilities.” You can visit Marshallville Packing Company at 50 E Market St, Marshallville, OH 44645 or call 330.855.2871 for more information. Find them on facebook for the latest updates, events, and more!
Jim’s daughter, Paige, is the 4th generation of Tuckers to work at Marshallville Packing Company